PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES: Galoc Production Co. (GPC) resumed production at the Galoc field at 10:30 a.m. local time on May 13 following the reconnection of floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Rubicon Intrepid to the mooring and riser system.
‘ Both of the Galoc 3 and Galoc 4 wells are online and flowing with combined flow rate of approximately 13,000 b/d of oil. The FPSO was forced to disconnect due to adverse conditions associated with the recent severe tropical storm, Chan-Hom (Emong), which passed to the north of the Galoc field on May 7. The reconnection operation was initiated over the weekend once conditions had subsided sufficiently. The work was concluded with integrity testing of the system prior to recommencement of production. Connection of the secondary hold back mooring will be undertaken over the coming day or so.This completes the first disconnect and reconnect cycle of the enhanced mooring arrangements that were installed in January and February of this year. Such operations are likely to be undertaken on several occasions over the coming southwest monsoon and typhoon season, which lasts from June to November in a typical year.